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MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION PROGRAM

1. General Education 

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

2. Professional Education Core 

  • Educ 101 Teaching as a Profession 1
  • Educ 201 Introduction to Education 3
  • Educ 346 Instructional Technology 3
  • EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods 2
  • Psy 324 Teaching Exceptional Students 3
  • +Educ 424 Differentiated Instruction 2
  • +Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry 2

Total Hours: 16

+Students must be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.
**see sections 5 and 6 for information on the Lutheran Teacher Diploma and Christian Teacher Diploma requirements 

3. Middle Level Education Endorsement

Required of all Middle Level Education students

  • Educ 211 Middle Level Seminar I 2
  • +Eng 392 Reading Interests of Adolescents or +Eng 491 Issues in Literature for Children and Youth 3
  • +Educ 401 Middle Level Instruction 3
  • +Psy 421 Psychology of Adolescence 2
  • +Educ 470 Content Area Literacy 3
  • +Educ 425A ESL Foreign Language Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment 3
  • +Educ 364 Teacher Lab Components for Middle Level (math, soc. st., science) 3
  • +Psy 422 Psychology & Development of the Young Adolescent 2

Professional Semester:

  • +Educ 37x Secondary Methods in Content Teaching Area I 2
  • +Educ 37x Secondary Methods in Content Teaching Area II 2 (except HHP)
  • +Educ 396a/b Middle Level Student Teaching 10

Total Hours: 35

+Students must be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.

4. Middle Level Content Teaching Areas

  • Middle Level Content Teaching Area I (18 hours**)

Selected from Art, Business, Health & Physical Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Spanish, or Special Education.

  • Middle Level Content Teaching Area II (18 hours**)

Selected from Art, Business, Health & Physical Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Spanish or Special Education.

**Some general education courses may meet Content Teaching Area requirements.

5.  Lutheran Teacher Diploma 

Required of all students in Lutheran Education.  Must be an active member of a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregation.

Total Hours: 11

All students receiving the Lutheran Teacher Diploma must complete a minimum of six hours of upper-level theology (300 or 400 level) courses on Concordia's campus.

6. Christian Teacher Diploma 

Available to any non-LTD candidates interested in teaching in a Christian school setting.

Choose 9 hours from the following courses:

  • Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252 Biblical Interpretation course (choose only one) 3
  • Phil 301 Concepts in Philosophy 3
  • Theo 375 Christian Denominations, Movements, and Contemporary Cults 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions: The Gospel in a Pluralistic World 3
  • Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible 3
    (Biblical Interpretation is a prerequisite for Theo 450)
  • Theo 465 Christian Ethics 3
  • Theo 482 Nurturing Faith through Family, School and Congregation 3
  • Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World 3

Total Hours: 9

7. Public Education Requirements                                                    

Required of all students not choosing the Lutheran Teacher Diploma or the Christian Teacher Diploma.

Total Hours: 9  

Middle Level Content Teaching Areas

Art                                                                                                    

Total Hours: 21

Business Education                                                                          

  • Bus 121 Financial Accounting 3                          
  • Bus 261 Marketing 3
  • Bus 281 Business Communication 3                    
  • Econ 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3                         
  • One course from: 3-4

Bus 325 Accounting & Information Systems (4)
Bus 371 Information Systems (3)                               

  • One course from: 3

Bus 331 Finance (3)
Bus 443 Organizational Behavior (3)

Educ 369 is the methods course for Business.

Total Hours: 18-19

Health and Physical Education                                                         

  • HHP 181 Elements of Health 3
  • HHP 273 Motor Learning and Development3
  • HHP 291 Foundations in Human Performance 2
  • HHP 365 P.E. in Elem. & Middle Level Educ. 3
  • HHP 366 Health Methods and Curriculum Design 3
  • HHP 471 Adapted Physical Activity 3
  • HHP 480 Health and Human Sexuality 3
  • Choose one activity course from each of the following areas:  

Team  0.5
Individual/Dual 0.5
Health & Fitness 0.5
Leisure 0.5
Aquatics 0.5
Dance 0.5

No methods course is required for Health and Physical Education.

Total Hours: 23 

Language Arts                                                                                                                    

  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language  3
  • One course from: 3

Eng 221 Intermediate Writing (3)
Eng 326 Poetry Writing (3)
Eng 327 Fiction Writing (3)
Eng 328 Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
Eng 329 Scriptwriting (3)

  • One course from: 3            

Eng 341 American Literature I (3)
Eng 342 American Literature II (3)
Eng 343 American Literature III (3)
Eng 362 British Literature I (3)
Eng 363 British Literature II (3)
Eng 364 British Literature III (3)

  • CTA 151 Introduction to Dramatic Arts 3
  • CTA 203 Communication Theory 3
  • One course from: 3            

CTA 154 Creative Drama (3)
CTA 211 Public Speaking (3)
CTA 225 Writing and Reporting (3)
CTA 231 Oral Interpretation (3)

Both Educ 371 and 378 are required methods courses.

Note: Eng 324 The Nebraska Story or The New England Study Tour may be substituted for any English course, preferably American Literature. Eng 361 The London Literary Tour may be substituted for any English course, preferably British Literature or Shakespeare.

Total Hours: 18 

Mathematics                                                                                        

  • Math 122 Introduction to Statistics 3                           
  • One course from: 3-4            

Math 182 Calculus w/ Applications (3)
Math 184 Calculus I (4)

  • Math 301 Concepts of Mathematics II 3                          
  • Additional Math or CS courses* 9-10

*A minimum of 18 hours of coursework with MATH or CS prefixes. Courses approved by department chair.

Total Hours: 18

Natural Sciences                                                                                              

  • Bio 110 Principles of Biology 4
  • One course from:3-4             

Chem 109 Introductory Chemistry (3)
Chem 115 General Chemistry (4)

Educ 373 is the methods course for Science.

      Total Hours: 21-22

Social Sciences                                                                                

  • Hist 115 United States History 3
  • Hist 131 World Civilization I 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • Choose one option from: 3-6            

Hist 313 Religion and Society in the U.S. (3)
OR Hist 306 Colonial and Revolutionary (3) AND
Hist 307 The Early American Nation (3)

  • PS 111 American Government  3                            
  • Econ 101 Macroeconomics or Econ 102 Microeconomics 3                            
  • Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography or Geog 202 World Regional Geography 3

Educ 372 is the methods course for Social Sciences.

Total Hours: 21-24 

Spanish                                                                                            

18 hours of an approved specific sequence of courses. Courses will vary, depending upon the student’s preparation. Students with little or no background in Spanish will begin with Span 101. Those with two or more years of high school Spanish will begin with Span 102 or 201.

Educ 367 Methods in Secondary Modern Languages is also required.

Total Hours: 18

Special Education       

  • Psy 324 Teaching Exceptional Students* 3
  • Educ 424 Differentiated Instruction* 2
  • ASL 101 American Sign Language  3
  • HHP 471 Adapted Physical Activity+ 3
  • Educ 314 Assessment, Evaluation, and IEP+ 3
  • Educ 315 Behavior Disorders and Intervention+ 3
  • Educ 316 Teach. Students Moderate Disabilities+ 3
  • Educ 317 Teach. Students Learning Disabilities+ 3
  • Educ 387 Special Educ. Student Teaching+ 6            

Total Hours: 29 

*Included as part of the Professional Core in Teacher Education.      

+Students must be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Mission in Teacher Education

Educated people in a democratic society promote a congenial community where its citizens put the common good above self-interest. Empowered by the Gospel, the church in mission strives to nurture its members through God’s revelation. Education, one assisting process, seeks to help people become less self-centered and more responsive to society’s and the church’s aims. Capable Christian teachers, qualified to meet the needs of children, youth and adults, aid society and the church in achieving their goals.

The university accepts its mission in teacher education: Empowering students as teachers, coaches, leaders and learners for effective Christ-centered ministry and service to church and world.

Furthermore, Concordia University demonstrates acceptance of this mission by developing and maintaining quality undergraduate and graduate preparatory programs. Designed to fashion professional teachers, programs are currently offered in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, English Language Learner Education, Special Education (K-9 and 7-12).

Current statements of Concordia’s philosophy of education and specific objectives for its teacher education programs are available in the education office.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

See Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music for additional education opportunities.

GENERAL POLICIES

The Lutheran Teacher Diploma (LTD)

Students desiring the Lutheran Teacher Diploma must include the following in their coursework: Rel 121, 131; Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252, 361, 362, 381; Educ 362 (except secondary education). These requirements are included in the general education or Lutheran Teacher Diploma requirements.

The Christian Teacher Diploma (CTD)

Students desiring the Christian Teacher Diploma must complete 9 hours of coursework chosen from the following courses: Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252, Phil 301, Theo 375, 390, 450, 465, 482, or 489.

TEACHER EDUCATION ADMISSION AND RETENTION PROCEDURES

The Dean of Education is responsible for administering the admission to teacher education procedures.

Application for Admission

Students who wish to enter a teacher education program(s) must complete an application for admission to teacher education. Applications will be accepted when a student has completed Educ 101, Educ 201, and EDPS 210. The application for admission process must be completed before a student can enroll in the following courses: Educ 301, Educ 311, Educ 332, Educ 363, Educ 364, Educ 367-379 (Secondary Methods), Educ 401, Educ 402, Educ 424, Educ 425A, Educ 430, Educ 452, Educ 461, Educ 470, Psy 421, Psy 422, Student Teaching, Theo 381, Math 301, Art 301, HHP 363, HHP 364.

Courses that may be taken before full admission has been granted are: Psy 211, Psy 212, Psy 324, Theo 24x/25x, Theo 361, Theo 362, Educ 211, Educ 330, Educ 333, and Educ 362. Any other professional courses completed before full admission has been granted are subject to review and will not automatically be applied to certification. Student applicants are also advised that they cannot be admitted to teacher education until they have successfully passed the Pre-Professional Skills Test with a score of 170 or above in Reading; 171 or above in Mathematics; 172 or above in Writing. Normally the application process is begun when the student is enrolled in Educ 201. Teacher education candidates in early childhood education and elementary education are required to also take the Praxis II – Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment test during their junior or senior year in order to be considered highly qualified for teacher certification purposes. Teacher education candidates in middle level and secondary education are required to also take the appropriate Praxis II content exam for each of their endorsements. More information on this test can be obtained from the Dean of the College of Education.

Criteria for Admission

1. Completion of application for admission form.

2. Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test, with passing scores. There is a fee for taking the PPST.

3. Completion of Educ 101, Educ 201, and EDPS 210.

4. Professional grade point average of 2.75.           

5. Verification that the student is in good standing by the student life office and verification by the student who must affirm that s/he has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect or injury to another person or sexual misconduct in any state and is mentally and emotionally competent to practice the teaching profession prior to admission to teacher education.

6. Must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all courses to be counted toward the baccalaureate degree.

7. Secondary education students must achieve a grade point average of 2.75 in their field, comprehensive subject major, or field endorsements.                

8. An interview with the appropriate education program chair.

9. An interview with the Dean of Education or with a committee selected by the dean is required.

Notification of Admission

The Dean of Education will notify students and their advisors in writing of decisions on teacher education applications. Such notification will indicate admission, provisional admission or denial of admission. Students who have been denied admission may reapply pending special review by program directors.

Retention Criteria

Once students have been admitted to the teacher education program they will be permitted to complete the program if the following criteria are met:

1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is maintained for all courses to be counted toward graduation, for permission to student teach and for recommendation for certification and placement.

2. Students maintain a 2.75 grade point average in the professional training for permission to student teach and for recommendation for certification and placement. Secondary education and middle level education students must maintain a 2.75 grade point average in their field, comprehensive subject major, subject endorsements or content teaching areas.

3. Students, their advisors, and the Director of Student Life office must certify that the student’s development physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually is proceeding at a rate and in a direction that should make it possible for the student to succeed as a beginning teacher. This procedure is to be completed at the time of application for student teaching, placement and certification.

4. No student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, or injury to another person or sexual misconduct in any state or is mentally and emotionally not competent to practice the teaching profession may apply for student teaching or for certification without the approval of the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Notification of Retention and Continuation in the Program

Upon completion of the appropriate application:

1. The student teaching coordinator will notify the student regarding permission to student teach.

2. The placement director will notify the student of the final faculty recommendation for placement.

3. The Dean of Education will notify the student of the recommendation concerning initial teacher certification.

Appeals Process

If students wish to appeal being denied admission or being removed from the program, a written appeal may be addressed to the commissioned ministers appeal committee through the university provost. This document is to include the student’s name, reason for appeal, and other pertinent information.

Any student who is not satisfied with the decision of the appeal committee may appeal directly to the president of Concordia University.

PROGRAM CHECKPOINTS FOR STUDENTS

The university has established “check points” which are to be completed by every teacher education student.

1. Academic Program Declaration—Students interested in teacher education should file an Academic Program Declaration form with the Registrar as soon as their freshman year.

2. Admission to Teacher Education—This requires completion of an application which is to be initiated by the student and processed through his or her advisor during the semester in which the student is enrolled in Educ 201, Introduction to Education or when transferring to Concordia.

3. Permit  to Student Teach—This requires a review of progress on completing field experiences and a second review of the candidate’s portfolio. This normally must be completed one semester prior to the semester in which the candidate will student teach—February 1 for fall student teaching and October 1 for spring student teaching.

4. Approval for Student Teaching—This requires completion of an application by the student during the junior year or when transferring to Concordia.

5. Approval for Placement for LTD Candidates—This also requires student completion of an application to be initiated by the student early in the senior year and processed through an advisor. Before placement the student also meets with the director of placement to coordinate the special abilities, desires, and interests of the student with the special needs of the church and its parishes. Some placements may require extra work for certification.

6. Faculty Approval for Placement for LTD Candidates—Receiving faculty approval requires completing all program requirements successfully.

7. Candidates in the Early Childhood, Elementary, or Elementary/Special Education program are required to take the PRAXIS II – EECIA test. This is a test of Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Passing the test will result in the designation of “Highly Qualified” being included on your Nebraska Teaching Certificate.  The highly qualified designation is necessary to be hired in many public and non-public school districts in the state.  Candidates are required to pass the test for completion of the teacher education program at Concordia and for recommendation for certification in Nebraska. Candidates in middle level and secondary education are required to take and pass the appropriate content exams for each of their endorsement areas.

8. Approval for Certification—At graduation, the student must apply for certification in Nebraska and other appropriate states with the assistance of the Dean of Education.

See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.